Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Hola 2014!!

Dear Diary,

2014 is here.


 Looking back at 2013 I'm thankful to God for the lovely moments which have now become memories.

 Like my cousin's winter wedding, my first internship, trying my hand at pottery, participating in the A-Z Blogging challenge, meeting Josie Two Shoes  and other amazing bloggers  from all over the world online and learning from them, learning Spanish and becoming an aunt.
I hope 2014 is full of such amazing moments .

As customary I made a few resolutions at the stroke of midnight and I hope to stick to them religiously.
1> Be a better person than what I was last year.
2>Smile more often.
3>Learn to cook. < Yes I'm a total dinosaur in the kitchen so this year I'm planning to acquire basic cooking skills>
4> Blog at least once a month and participate in The A-Z Challenge

This new year is a new opportunity to accomplish the tasks that were left halfway or make true promises that were once made. Starting today 364 days of joy, surprises, happiness, and sadness await us and it's up to us to live everyday to the fullest. So when we receive a call from the Almighty we can answer it and have No Regrets at saying goodbye.

Leaving with you a motto that I have decided to live by this year.


Happy New Year !!

The Sunday Visitor






Sunday, 13 October 2013

Tidbits of life from TINY TOTS!

Dear Diary,
It’s been ages since I last wrote a blogpost. I have been incredibly busy the past few months as something or the other kept cropping up but finally, my exams are over and now I have an entire month for myself to do as I please and blogging tops the list J

The only thing that has helped me gets through the past few hectic weeks apart from my family are my neighbors. You may wonder what my neighbors did and how they could help me.

I am extremely fortunate to have two families with two tiny tots as my neighbors. The tiny tots are my companions and I love to spend time with both of them. It’s just something about kids that makes one happy and puts a big smile on one’s face. No matter how tough a day I have had or the unending pile of assignments that await me, I always find it easy to destress with the two of them around me.

Children are so positive and full of life and light that it’s hard to be pessimistic around them. Their take on life is completely different than that of an adult. They don’t judge people and open themselves up easily, they love unconditionally and don’t mince words. They never aim at being diplomatic or pleasing anyone [unless you hold a chocolate in your hand] and can always be counted on for a good dose of laughter.

Here’s a wonderful picture I came across.

I wonder why we don’t think like two year old’s anymore? Why is our take on life so pessimistic and negative? I think it’s one of those questions that remain unanswered. If you have a theory or an answer do tell me.


The Sunday Visitor.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

WORDS

Dear Diary,

This is a special entry for Two Shoes Tuesday,

I have realised that the simplest things in life, the ones we don't think about much, are the ones that have the most impact.

Take for example words.

We use them everyday, all the time, this very instant. I'm using the medium of words to write and communicate my thoughts to you.

Sometimes we use these word randomly, rarely realising the impact they have on those around us. Einstein's teacher called him a dunce and sent him out of class. Little did she know, that he would change the history of science forever.
Often we get lost in the labyrinth of words and are unable to put our point across, we resort to jargon when simple words do the trick. For fear of being laughed at, we complicate the easiest things, by using words sometimes whose meanings we are not quite aware of.

Words can make or break a person, it all depends on how they are used.An encouraging word will ignite curiosity and a passion for learning, a discouraging one will diminish the hopes and dreams linked to it.

Begin today, use your words with care. If you can't encourage someone, don't discourage them. You never know the one you call 'good for nothing' today, will turn out to be 'an inventor who changed the face of the world' tomorrow.

Your words may change someone's life, so don't ever leave the important words unsaid.

Leaving you with a personal favorite of mine.



The Sunday Visitor.







Sunday, 7 July 2013

Just Believe


Dear Diary,

This is an entry for Two Shoes Tuesday.

A friend once told me If you believe in something, you can create it, If you can create it then you can give others an opportunity to see it and believe in it. So it all starts with a belief.

There are times when  people do not believe us and the things we stand for, they make fun of us and ridicule us for our fanciful ideas, those are the people who lack imagination and thwart creativity. It's at this time when we ought to stand our ground firmly, give our beliefs priority and make our actions speak more than our words.

 Had J.K.Rowling given up on magic, we would never have Harry Potter to begin with. Had Steve Jobs given up his beliefs, Apple would not have become what it is today. Had people stopped believing in the power of Prayer, miracles would have never occurred.

Believe in something no matter how small, how weird, have faith that it's true. Don't allow people to tell you the opposite. Believe in your dreams, in magic, in fairies, in God and his creation. Believe that everything happens for a reason and  that there's something better in store for you.

BELIEVE IN YOU!

Leaving you with a quote I like





The Sunday Visitor.





Monday, 24 June 2013

A Traveller's Tale.


Dear Diary,

Sometimes in life you meet some people who leave you spellbound. I recently had the amazing opportunity of meeting someone like that. She was not  a popular celebrity or someone very rich and famous, but her actions have etched her in my memory forever.

 It was around one in the afternoon and I was returning from college.I met her in the train, she was seated next to me.I was engrossed in Louisa May Alcott's novel 'Little Women' while she was rummaging through her bag, searching for something.

After two minutes, she suddenly thrust her palm out offering me salted peanuts in a newspaper. I was surprised and politely turned her down. She insisted, and told me to eat some. I told her that I was on my home for for lunch. She smiled. That's when I took this picture :



One may wonder what's so novel about this,

It's quite common for people who travel together and know each other to talk, sometimes even share their food, but to do so with a random stranger is difficult and this is what touched my heart. It's been four years, that I have been travelling by train but the first time, that I experienced such generosity and purity of heart.

The destination was the same as usual but it was this journey that changed me.

The Sunday Visitor.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

A Month through Pictures


Dear Diary,
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are a few.

My Summer Job for the month of May at The CSMVS Museum.


The first task to set up a kids corner.


Our first visitor.



Celebrating International Museum Day through fun activities. Making Finger print bookmarks.


The Final Result

Meeting adorable kids. Talking to these two young girls in French :)

Saying Goodbye to The Museum, The weather echoed my sentiments.


Hope you enjoyed seeing the photos as much as I did taking them :)

The Sunday Visitor.





Saturday, 25 May 2013

Begin Today!



Dear Diary,

                    This blogpost is a special entry for Two Shoes Tuesday.

Many times I hear people saying, " I wish I could begin anew. I would never repeat the mistakes that I did. Everything would be so much simpler then. I wish I could time back."

I really don't understand  it. If we could take time back and reverse everything we did we would never be the same people that we are today. Where we stand is a result of the choice that we make, the decisions we take and the kind  of  values that we stick to.

We always want to begin something again but we rarely use the new beginnings that are given to us. Each day is a new beginning, 24 Hours of  freedom to do as we wish, yet we forget that and wander in the lanes of our past hoping and praying for time to go back.

I have realised that new beginning is not always required, sometimes the best thing to do is go with the flow. You will discover something you never knew before.

Leaving you with a quote that inspired me :


The Sunday Visitor.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Lessons from A Pottery Session


Dear Diary,

I recently tried my hand at pottery and might I just say it's wonderful. The feel of the wet clay in your hands, slowly giving it shape, moulding it to the perfect size, patiently giving it the finishing touch.

Now I look at potters and pottery in a whole new light. Pottery is an art which requires patience, steady hands and above all a clear idea of what you want to make.

 The whole experience made me think how we are all potters, the clay we mould is our future. Patiently we need to define it, give it shape through our actions, mould it to our liking : the manner we want it to be. We cannot blame others if the masterpiece of our future is faulty as ultimately we are the ones who made it.

We might not be perfect but the best part is that we can always try again!!

Leaving you with a picture of my masterpiece :



The Sunday Visitor.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Mother's Day


Dear Diary,
 
                   This post is dedicated to all mothers and  to every teacher who is a second mother.

Mother a word that encompasses the whole wide world into it. 'Ma' one of the first words that we utter, as kids. She is the first person who comes into our mind when we are scared, worried or hurt. Mother has the amazing power to make everything all right, to offer the simplest solutions to the most complicated problems, to find things that we think are lost. She offers wings to our dreams and sees the best in us in times when we can't see it in ourselves. She sacrifices her needs and wants to fulfill our desires. A mother is someone we know we can always fall back on.

 Yesterday we celebrated mother's day and I thought is one Mother's day, once a year enough to thank that wonderful lady who for nine months and even after that nurtured us and supported us. Why don't we celebrate Mother's day everyday? Isn't the main idea behind mother's day to make our moms feel special?  Why do we wait for that designated one day, which is so commercialised just to buy our mums a ready made card and a box of outsourced chocolates?

I feel it's better to do something special for our moms everyday. It may be something small like kissing her goodnight before going to bed, that's what I do. Send her a message or an email telling her you care, or write her a post it saying she's in your thoughts, a phone call or skype session will surely get you a smile, cook her a meal or maybe just her favorite dish, buy her the flowers she love. It's the simplest thing in life that are the mos important  so make them count. Make your mom feel special everyday - she deserves it! Tell her you love before it's too late.

Leaving you with a quote I love :



The Sunday Visitor.

P.S : Happy Mother's Day to all!!





             

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Looking Back


Dear Diary,

                     As I wrote my last A-Z post on Tuesday, I felt  exhilarated, at completing the challenge, but also sad that the challenge was now over, I no longer have a reason to get up in the middle of the night and scribble the next day's post in my Diary.

                       Thanks to the challenge, I discovered some amazing blogs, and made many blogger friends. I got a chance to share my thoughts with bloggers around the world, who were kind enough to leave comments and also started following me. A Big Thankyou to Arlee Bird for promoting my blog, it has crossed the 50 followers mark : ) Kudos to the A-Z co-hosts and the entire team for such a successful venture !!

                      I learnt that one subject can be looked at through different perspectives. Many a times, our words clashed, but our methods of approaching it was completely different! This challenge was an excellent learning experience for me and I had a lot of fun! This year I chose random topic, next year I'll try to stick to a theme for a change.

                     Everyday I got to learn something new and witness something delightful. Some posts were funny, while some others were thoughtful and thought provoking. It was a delight to read them and comment on them!

                      I look forward to the challenge next year and to having more fun!

The Sunday Visitor.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Z is for Zest!!


Dear Diary,

                   For Z, I chose Zest.

I have the amazing opportunity of meeting a few people who have inspired me through the years. One thing that I really admired in them was their zest : for life, for work, for their hobbies. I hope that when I am old and grey, I'm still as zesty as I'm today!!

 I believe that it's this crazy energy, that keeps you fired up. It's like this fire in your belly that makes you get up in the morning and go through the whole day.Without it, life would be pretty boring and monotonous.

Zest is also contagious, because high levels of it can be easily passed on to the neighbors and that's pretty awesome, because that makes the pessimists stay away and one is always surrounded ny optimists. We can all benefit from a little zest!

I leave you with a quote I liked :


Be Zesty!

The Sunday Visitor!!



Sunday, 28 April 2013

Y is for Yes !


Dear Diary,

For today's blogpost I'm inspired a Jim Carrey movie that I saw awhile back called 'Yes Man.' The protagonist Carl (Jim Carrey)  has a very negative outlook on life that is until he attends a Yes seminar which changes his life completely.

 The movie made me think how one single word can change our life and our perception of viewing things. It's small words like these that have immense power, which we seldom realise. Imagine how important a yes is to the person who is desperately looking for a job, to the little kid who found a stray pup on the road and wants to adopt it, but need his parents permission, to the the lad who will bare his heart out to his beloved and ask her to be his forever, to the hardworking school-goer next door to get accepted into the college of her choice, to the couple who have been waiting for years to hear the good news of an added member to their family.

 Small words  make a Big difference.

  It's good to say Yes to the opportunities that Life offers you, you can learn a lot from them. Say Yes to helping people, making a difference, bringing about a change, making new friends, learning new skills.

But remember :


The Sunday Visitor.
               

     

Saturday, 27 April 2013

X is for XOXO

Dear Diary,

  First up I apologise for not writing yesterday, I was not well and the Doctor had advised complete rest. The medicines that he recommended were so strong that I spent a great majority of the day sleeping, so I'm uploading the post for X today.


 For X, I got the inspiration from a note that a close friend had attached with my birthday gift. She ended the note with XOXO. I was curious to know about this new kind of  closing salutation  that has fast replaced the old ones like 'Regards, Sincerely.Yours Faithfully.'


 I did a little research and I'm truly amazed by what I found. XOXO means 'Hugs and Kisses' and traces it's origins back to Middle Ages. As people were mostly illiterate they used to sign important documents with an X as it was a simple mark and  a reference to the cross. They would often follow their signature by kissing that X to demonstrate their sincerity. 


 When Jewish immigrants arrived in the U.S, instead of an X they used an O, as they did not want anything  to do with Christ. Combined with the familiar Christian use of an “X” signifying the oath sealed with a kiss, the “O” was likely then adapted to mean hugs.

It's really weird how two seemingly inconspicuous words when strung together mean something else entirely. 

Sometimes, it's Ok to break the rules. Let them go for a toss. Be different. Try it. For a change end you letters, e-mails, notes with XOXO. Pass on the literal Hugs and Kisses. Make someone's day.



 The Sunday Visitor.

Friday, 26 April 2013

W is for Wallflower!


Dear Diary,

                  For W, I have chosen Wallflower.
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I'm greatly inspired by Stephen Chbosky's coming of age novel, 'The perks of being a Wallflower.' The protagonist Charlie, is described as a wallflower, someone who sees things, keeps quiet and understands them.

Sometimes, we can all profit by being a wallflower.It's difficult but very rewarding. Try it, quietly observe your surroundings, instead of immediately giving your opinion listen to the conversation, don't judge people by what you may have heard give them a chance, see the plan slowly unfold before your eyes, because only when you become like a wallflower, you discover more about people and yourself.

Leaving you with a quote from the novel :



The Sunday Visitor.




Thursday, 25 April 2013

V is for Villain


Dear Diary,

                     For V, I have chosen the word Villain.

I know quite different right?

As a student of Literature, I'm learning to look at characters objectively. Now that is very difficult  trust me. When you read a book, it's so easy to identify yourself with the protagonist, and put your worst enemy in the antagonists position, but if you ever think long and hard enough you realise that, in most stories sometimes you may not remember the name of the protagonist, but the name of the antagonist immediately pops up, that's the kind of impression that a villain has.

There will come a time when you may forget Harry Potter but never 'Lord Voldemort' or "He who must not be named.' You may not remember the fairy tales you loved as a kid, but definitely recollect that the wicked witch and evil queen were the villains in them. You will forget Antonio and Bassanio, but Shylock is forever ingrained in your mind.

The villain is someone we all love to hate, but we don't realise that it's he/she who acts as a foil to the hero, and highlights his good qualities, by being the bad guy. The protagonist would be nothing without the evil and menacing villain. Sometimes you just have to be the bad guy, to show people what they are capable of. You have to push them off the cliff because only then will they learn to spread their wings and fly.

Leaving you with a quote I like,




Thanking my stars for the villains in my life,

The Sunday Visitor.




Tuesday, 23 April 2013

U is for Unexpected !


Dear Diary,

                    For U I have chosen the word 'Unexpected.'

Our lives are determined by these unexpected events to a very large extent. We set out a plan before us for ourselves and our future, but an unexpected bend in the road may lead us to someplace we may have never been before, or even thought of going.

We are not always satisfied by this new turn of events, but we must give ourselves time so that the entire plan can be unfolded before us, and often it turns out that these unexpected events are much better than what we originally had in mind for ourselves.

The choice depends on us, we can cry about the change of plans and that we did not get our own way or smile in the anticipation of the good things that are going to come.

In all my years here on earth {which is not many I may add }, I have learnt that the best things in life are always unexpected, because they come at a time, when you least expect them. There is no pressure or urgency. It's not planned or designed.

They hit you like lemons, you decide whether to make lemonade or let it go.

Leaving with you a quote I like :




Enjoying my lemonade as I write this,

The Sunday Visitor.




T is for TALENT!


Dear Diary,
                         For Today's blogpost I chose the word 'Talent.'

As a kid I always thought that singing and dancing were the only talents, and since I'm not good at both, I considered myself pretty useless, that was until I discovered that I could act and I had a flair for writing.

Just like me many people believe that they are not talented, while the truth is they just need to discover their talents. It's a gift that we all receive while some of us open the package early, others forget about it, and after many years, they suddenly discover it and then use it  like Grandma Moses.

We often try to ape others, to be known for a talent we don't possess and in the bargain we forget that  we are unique. Everyone does not have the same talents and potential. While some people are good at singing and dancing, some others are good with numbers,at playing musical instruments, teaching, learning new languages, making people laugh.

It takes all sorts to make the world.

We must always remember that our talents have been given to us as gifts by God, and the way we use it is our gift back to him. I may not become famous, but I would  like people to remember me as the girl who did her best with the talent she had.

Leaving you with a wonderful quote I came across,



The Sunday Visitor.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

S is for SUPERPOWER


Dear Diary,

                       An extremely close friend of mine, who is an avid reader, a huge movie buff, a lover of all things supernatural { not the popular series} asked me an interesting question the other day. " If you could possess any superpower which one would it be?"

                      I knew she was expecting some answer like invisibility  reading people's mind, being present at several places at the same time, but I just couldn't get myself to reply. You may wonder what's wrong with me, but honestly I believe that those superpowers are quite literary and suit the characters in movies and books best.

                     I believe the real superpowers are : making someone laugh, make a crying person smile,  offering your support to someone in need, standing by the right choice even though the world may be against you, finding good in everybody and everything, being patient when your patience is wearing thin. These are the most difficult of all and when we acquire these superpowers we become true superheroes.


Discover your superpower and use it to make a difference,
               

 The Sunday Visitor.

Friday, 19 April 2013

R is for RISE UP!


Dear Diary,                               
                                   Today’s. Word for R is ‘RISE UP.’

                 We constantly feel as though we are trapped, and are often unable to overcome our troubles. I guess one of the reasons for this feeling is the ties that link us to certain negative things or emotions, which obstruct us from becoming better humans.

                 By nature of birth we are easily attached to people, to certain objects of sentimental value, certain emotions too. We tend to form pretty strong bonds around it. Sometimes these bonds act as barriers, preventing us from growth and development. Blurring our long term vision and decision making ability.
Some people are bonded to fear, anger, hatred, jealousy, negativity. A majority of them are bonded to emotional baggage which they have carried around with them for a long time and were unable to put behind them for unknown reasons. These bonds just restrict us from discovering our true potential and limit our scope. We often spend our lives like  shire horses wearing blinkers.

               We need to break these bonds, rise above them, to get rid of them, only then will we be able to Rise and Lead. We must let go of our fear by facing it, of our anger by positive thoughts, of our negativity through positivity, of the emotional baggage by moving forward. We must try to rise up every time we fall.  It’s easily said than done but it’s necessary to break loose these shackles that chain us, as in the end this is what will benefit us and make us better. As they say “What does not kill you, only makes you stronger.”
               
            We are all capable of great things which we can easily achieve, once we break the chains that surround us.  Sometimes who we are is not so much about what we do but rather what we are capable of when we least expect it. Breaking loose these bonds will change life and make it harder to some extent but we must remember, “we are melted and made, we are crushed and created.” Like a phoenix, we must rise from the ashes of our bonds as better people.

Leaving you with a quote I like :



The Sunday Visitor.


Q is for Quiet Time.


Dear Diary,

                  Today's word is Q. I'll admit, it was quite difficult at first to find a word, but after a lot of deliberation I did arrive at one and that is, 'Quiet.'

                  Truly,an unexpected word, but something that we all need. A typical day in our life is filled with noise and activity rarely do we have some quiet time to ourselves. If we just take out a little quiet time away from the world and all the sounds and action that comes with it,we can discover a lot about ourselves. We are all social beings so being surrounded by people is good, but sometime you just need solitude, a little alone time for yourself.

                 In this 24 hr time span, keep some time for yourself, think about your day and how you want to make optimum use of it, or maybe just look back at the day you had and thank God for it. Sometimes in your quiet time, you can find answers to the  most troublesome questions, solutions to the problems that worry you, motivation when you are in dire need of some, inspiration when you are searching for it.

Leaving you with a quote I liked :


Enjoying my quiet time as I write this,
The Sunday Visitor

                   

Thursday, 18 April 2013

P is for Perfection



Dear Diary,
                             
                           Inspiration, strikes in the most unexpected places, and I can say that, having experienced it first hand.A few months back I came across, a very different kind of saying. Something, which struck me, as bizzare at first but later made sense. It all started in my French class. The professor, while explaining something, quoted a British author, who once said, "If a thing is worth doing, do it badly,"

                            This sentence, made me wonder, at how often in our bid to attain perfection, we lose out, on the things that really matter. Students, are behind the perfect score, artists are waiting, for the perfect masterpiece,people are behind the perfect glow or the perfect tan. This 'Perfection,' according to me is largely a subjective concept, because one person can find imperfections, in another person's 'so called perfect masterpiece'.

                              Don't get me wrong, I'm not against perfection, but sometimes, it's just best, to enjoy the process, rather than focus on the minute details, that make it up. In the end, you don't remember, what you did, but how you did it and how much fun you had while doing it.

                           Leaving you, with a beautiful quote which I came across in Jodi Picoult's book My Sister's Keeper.

We have synchronized our watches, studied our calendars, existed in minutes, and completely forgotten, to step back and see, what we have accomplished.

The Sunday Visitor


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

O is for OPPORTUNITY


Dear Diary,

                                       Today's word for O is OPPORTUNITY.

                                       People wait for that One Opportunity to come their way, that will set things right. I guess that's why they say that, "Opportunities strike only once."

                                  While that maybe the case, often people fail to realize that everyday is a new Opportunity. You get another chance to live your life, to make mends with the people you once fought with, to forgive those who have hurt you, to show unconditional love to your near and dear ones, to be yourself and win the world.

                                  In the timeless wait for the great opportunities to knock at our door, we miss the small ones that we get everyday, the opportunity to make a new friend, to learn from an experienced colleague, to spend quality time with our friends and family, to bring a smile to someone's face, to pray for someone in need, to make a crying person laugh.

                                    So starting today, Don't let the small opportunities slide by. Seize them, and use them to the fullest. Don't cry about an opportunity which is lost, smile for the next one, which is already on it's way, Look out, It may be knocking on your door right now.

Leaving you with a wonderful quote that I found,



The Sunday Visitor.






Monday, 15 April 2013

N is for NAME


Dear Diary,

                           For today's blogpost, I have chosen this word Name.

It sounds very simple, Names are quite common. Something universal that we all share. That's it. What's there to talk about it you may ask? Well everyone and everything has a name, and  every name has some ambitions and expectations attached to it.

If you are named after an ancestor or a parent,  you are expected to follow in their footsteps, behave like them and achieve the same goals that they did. If you are named after a certain celebrity or book character you are expected to show traits peculiar to them.

Every name, has a story behind it. people may know your name, but they definitely don't know the STORY.

 I came across this quote a while back," Sometimes it seems that most of us are wrongly named or maybe we shape our lives to make the names wrong."  Names are an extension of ourselves, our identities are associated with them. A name is the one of the only thing that stays long after a person dies the other being his memories.What kind of a name remains, that depends on the kind of life that was lived. A good name always manages to keep it's lustre even in the dark, it never fades away.

As for me, I don't want to be famous but when I die, I want people to remember me by my name and say that 'She was a good soul.' That's not too hard to ask for or is it?

leaving you with a thought provoking proverb :



 The Sunday Visitor.


              

Sunday, 14 April 2013

M is for MAGIC


Dear Diary,
               
               A tiny tot asked me if I believed in magic. Taking into account that this is the Harry potter generation and their fascination with wand yielding witches and spell muttering wizards is insurmountable, the magnitude of his question hit me hard.

               My answer to his question is in the affirmative. I do believe in magic. As kids we all gave into the fantasies of ’The tooth fairy-who left sweet rewards, The garden fairy who made plants grow faster, The elves and gnomes, the invisible Friend : in this world where relationships are fickle and friends are two faced, he is a friend worth having , not forgetting Santa Claus whose gifts were the main reason for our good conduct.

              Being rational and practical has it's benefits but sometimes the wisest thing to do, is to let go, let the kid within you free. It’s good ,to have a part of you rooted in some imaginary land, because when everything else drives you crazy, that keeps you sane.

               Believing in magic is not a symptom of Schizophrenia, or other mental disorders, it's more of providing, the kid within you it's dose of imagination and creativity. Something we lack, and are in dire need of today in this monotonous world. Magic is not necessarily ' Abracadabra' or 'Expecto Patronum'.It's more of a feeling, of letting yourself be enthralled by something.

               It's not difficult to spot magic, it's all around us. If you take time out, from your busy schedule, you can enjoy : The magic of the setting sun, drenching yourself, in first showers of monsoon. The magic of a mother's love, in the tiffin she packs for you.The magic of Freedom, in setting a caged animal free. The magic of nature,  sitting under a tree on a pleasant day or counting the stars, at night -time. The magic of life,  seeing a new born baby or the magic of love, when embraced by a dear one.

               The world out there is full of magic, if you care to look above your I Pad's, Blackberries and I Pod's. Life is too short, and too precious to waste buried in our gadgets. Enjoy, the little magical moments of life today, and cherish them as memories for a lifetime. Take some time from your busy agenda and "Go, Have you Magical Moment."



Signing off with my favorite sentence from a famous Selena Gomez song,

It's magic you know, Never believe it's not so......

The Sunday Visitor.


Saturday, 13 April 2013

L is for LETTERS



Dear Diary,
                      
                       As I was cleaning my shelf of books, making place for the new ones to come, a few papers caught my attention. They were no ordinary papers, but letters exchanged between me and a friend who had shifted to another state. We both lost touch after sometime, but recently met on Facebook and now keep in contact.
                   
                      Letters, always remind me of the anxious wait for the postman with the hope, that he will have some good news for me, more often than not the only letter he had for me, were my final exam results J. They bring to mind a time when communication was entirely written, phones, e-mails and Facebook did not exist. People wrote love letters and poems to their beloved. Hand writing was emphasized upon so that the other person would understand.

                   In our technologically savvy world of today, we have e-mails, chats, messages, Facebook but I still love the good old LETTERS: The feel of paper, the smell of ink. The excitement of opening the envelope, and not knowing what’s there inside, what news it brings. I do appreciate e-mails but letters hold an entirely different charm.
   
               Don’t let that letter writing talent fade away, pick up that dusty notepad, and scribble a few lines to a loved one, send it to them through post, because a letter in hand is always worth two emails in your account. Treasure the ones you have, and send out some for the others to treasure them too.


The Sunday Visitor.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

K is for Keep Calm.



Dear Diary,
                    
                    For today’s alphabet K I've chosen the popular ‘Keep Calm’ series.



I was surprised to learn in my History class, that this particular series was part of War Propaganda for World War 2.  It was used for the purpose of boosting the morale of the people and generally just maintaining peace in troubled times. It’s Funny how History always repeats itself. The same posters are used today, with different tag lines. My Favorite one is:


Every time something bothers me, worries me or just drives me crazy, I follow this motto, in this manner I channel my negative energy into something positive (a blogpost in this case), and don’t hurt anyone through my thoughts or words. You should try it too. Keep calm and don't let anything get to you.

That’s all for today.

Keeping Calm, and Loving my Life,
The Sunday Visitor.



J = Just like a Child



Dear Diary,
                    
                     For today’s blogpost, I chose these words, ‘Just like a Child’ because, I believe there’s a child hidden within all of us. As we grow, we constantly try to suppress it, stifle it, in a bid to portray ourselves as strong adults we destroy the little one within us. This process starts with the realization that: Santa Claus is not real, the invisible friend was just a figment of our imagination, and we are too old for Cartoons. It’s most apparent when we slowly stop asking questions, and just accept everything that we are told as the ‘Gospel Truth.’
                   
                     Letting go of the little child hidden in all of us, is one of the biggest mistakes we can ever make. That child, like the optimists that children are keeps our hopes high, constantly reminding us that tomorrow will be a better day. It’s the little one that gets us excited every time we see something new, the one who is responsible for the occasional outbursts of creativity that we have, the one who keeps our faith in the world, and the goodness of people who live in it alive.
                
                      I’m not afraid to admit that even though I’m an adult legally, I’m still a kid at heart and I will always be one. I sometimes feel like telling people who act all mature and adult like, ‘Forget about the world, and what others will say. Get excited over small things, Learn from everything and everybody, Let your hair down and scream for no reason, Get soaked in the rain and later worry about its repercussions, Watch some cartoons and laugh till you cry, Paint random nonsense, life doesn’t need to make sense always. Just live like a child.’

Leaving you with a quote to think about,


 The Sunday Visitor.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

I stands for IMAGINATION & INSPIRATION



Dear Diary,
                      
                  For today’s entry I have chosen two words which I’m very fond of: Imagination and Inspiration. I believe these two words have changed the face of the world. Everything, we see in our world today is a result of ,these two I’s.
                  
                    I think these two words are very closely related, and each survives thanks to the other. We are inspired by what we see, and we use our imagination to improve it. For e.g. scientists, artists, musicians  find inspiration in the world around them, use their imagination to make it better.

                   Inspiration can come from anywhere, it strikes in the most random places and when you least expect it. When that bolt of inspiration strikes, it’s like a current of knowledge is let loose and you just want to do something about it: Create something, write something.

                    Had it not been for Imagination, we would have reached a dead end. It’s this Imagination and creativity that has given us classics like Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter. If you can imagine it, you can create it. Although, people may call you crazy for imagining something different in the first place, but drown out their voice because, it’s people who think they are crazy enough to change the world, are certainly the ones who do.

So let you imagination run wild, get inspired, be crazy and bring about a change.
             
Leaving you with a quote by someone who imagined, and inspired people through his imagination,



The Sunday Visitor.
                 
                   

H is for HOME.



Dear Diary,
                     
                       For reasons unknown to me, I am besotted with the alphabet H. It’s true, I have a sneaking suspicion it’s because some beautiful words like Hope, Heart, Heaven, and Holidays are associated with it. Though, out of all of them, my favorite H word is HOME.

                      To me Home is a place where, you can just be yourself. Remove the masks you wear before the world and show your true self. It’s the space: where people love you for who you are, and not what you can give them. A place, where you learn everything about the world, and much more. It’s a place with which you associate your childhood memories and those of growing up years.

                      I believe anyone can build a house it’s just bricks and beams, but a Home is built through hopes and dreams of those who live in it. It houses love, joy, aspirations etc. It nurses disappointments, sadness and pain. Home is where you learn to live, laugh, share, care and give. 
                 
                       We often take our home and the people in it for granted. As I observe my friends who stay in hostels, who stay alone , away from home, I realize the value of my home, and I’m thankful to God for it. The  man who said "Home is where the heart is" was truly wise.

Leaving you with a quote I can always identify with :


The Sunday Visitor.

Monday, 8 April 2013

G is for GOD



Dear Diary,
                    
                      I’m inspired by ‘Bruce Almighty’ and for today’s blogpost I chose the word ‘GOD’. You can   call him The Almighty, Higher power, Omnipotent One, anything. People fantasize what they would do if they get to be God for a day,  If I were given that opportunity, I would decline it, an unusual response for sure but that’s because  I believe only God can do his job best.
                     
                      He knows what is right and good for us and what we need, he gives us what we require and not what we demand, when we receive it, we may not be that happy but as the larger picture unfolds we understand the importance of what we are given. When times are tough we must realize, that he is just testing our faith, seeing how much we trust him. He gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers because he knows they will emerge victorious. 
                   
                        He knows everything about us and loves us the way we are, in spite of our mistakes foibles he accepts us wholeheartedly. Every time something good happens in my life I become more aware of God’s existence in my life. I thank God for everything he gives me and even for those he does not, as he knows best. I have entrusted my life in his hands and he has made wonders happen, I think you should do it too.






Love always,

The Sunday Visitor.

Friday, 5 April 2013

F is for FAILURE



Dear Diary,
                     
                 For today’s blogpost I have chosen a word that many people fear and that word is ‘FAILURE’. I remember this quote which my Literature professor once mentioned in class, She said, ”Failure is one of the ingredients required to make success.” Such a positive outlook on failure really surprised me, as I'm someone who is quite afraid of it.
                    
                 I thought about it long and hard and finally, arrived at the conclusion that what she said did make sense. We are all so bent on being successful because we are afraid of failure, afraid of looking like a complete fool after trying so hard, afraid of being ridiculed and mocked by the people around us (who have no better work than to laugh and comment on the life happenings of others).
                    
                  I guess if it hadn't been for failure some of the greatest inventions would have still been plans on paper which would have never materialized, great books and their stories would have existed only in the minds of their authors.
                   
                  They say Failure is the stepping stone to success I think it’s because when we fail, we hit rock bottom, there’s nothing left to lose, so we can take a chance and try again, this time more wisely avoiding the mistakes we made earlier.
             
                    So next time I fail, I’m going to thank the people who throw their bricks of mockery and ridicule at me, and use those bricks, to make a monument which I will be remembered for later. 

Leaving you with a quote by someone who turned her failure into a roaring success.





The Sunday Visitor.


Thursday, 4 April 2013

E is for EaCh DaY, eVeRy DaY.



Dear Diary,
                      
                          For ’E’ I have chosen this word which I come across almost every time. It irks me to no end, making me very angry when I ask people How their day was and they reply, “ Oh, the usual. The same, as  every day.” I can’t understand, How can that be possible?
                      
                         Every day is a new day. In this span of 24 hrs we get a chance to meet new people, make new friends, flatter our taste buds, learn something new, visit someplace we may have never been before, admire God’s beautiful creation around us, there’s so much to do. When we typecast our day as the same as every day, we are ruining this wonderful gift called Life by not exploring it to the fullest.
                          
                        I believe, each day is a present given to us. We must open it, utilize it to the fullest, seize the opportunities that cross our way and make good use of them, grab life and not allow it pass by in a hurry. We are given another day to avoid repeating the same mistakes that we make every day.

                          
                       So laugh a little harder, get off work early and spend a little time with your loved ones, do something you have never done before, challenge yourself and complete that challenge, try your hand at something new and different.

Leaving you with some food for thought,



Enjoying  life thoroughly,
The Sunday Visitor.

                       

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

D is for DAD



Dear Diary,
                     Today’s word for ‘D’ is very close to my heart and I’m sure it’s the same for everybody else. The Special 'D' word is:


This is a letter I've written for all Dads

 Dear Dad,
                    I may have not told you this, but you are my Superhero, You have always been. Ever since, I was a little girl, I always looked up to you, every time I was afraid, I knew you would be there for me,. You always treated me like a princess and I will always remain one. I may have outgrown your lap, but I will never outgrow your heart. I will always remain, the little one whose finger you held when she first started walking, whose bicycle you caught so that she may not fall, the one for whom you used to read at night. Every time I find a guy who turns out to be a complete jerk, I see you and I know that there are good guys out there too, One day, I will find someone just like you. You silently fulfill all my wishes and I have often failed to thank you for that. You have taught me some very important lessons which I will never forget. Today, I just want to thank you Dad for being there for me. 

Love,
Your little girl always.
P.S   :   Go thank your dad today, tell him how much you love him before it's too late.
PPS : This post is dedicated to all DAD's.



This post is from the series of A-Z for the A-Z Blogging Challenge.

The Sunday Visitor.







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